Barbra Streisand tweeted the above photo today and at first I figured she was trying to get a last-minute part on the final season of Game Of Thrones, but it’s a promo for Walls, her upcoming album. The lead single off the new album is “Don’t Lie To Me,” and – this being Babs – I just assumed it was going to be another love ballad. Alas, she says read between the lines and it’s about Trump.
Time got a sitdown with Barbra, and they talk about Don’t Lie To Me, which sounds half like a song that should be the intro to a Bond movie and half like something your grandparents get down to at the nightclub aboard a Carnival Cruise ship. Hear for yourself:
Most people figured she was just singing about walking in on a boyfriend who was cheating, but Babs claims she was driven to the recording studio by the Commander-in-Chief:
“I believe in the power of the truth, and I can’t stand being lied to. I don’t think the country should be lied to either. So that started me thinking about how to put down my thoughts in music and lyrics about what was on my mind…And I was very driven by this president’s lies. And that’s why this first song is ‘Don’t Lie to Me.’”
Babs didn’t just fall of the turnip truck, and she knows there are memaws in Arkansas who still listen to her, so that’s probably why she added a few beats and makes it sound like a song about a man stepping out. That being said, this song is revenge on Trump because he made her gain weight! Screw him, per Babs:
“After he was first elected, I was funny about it: I’d say, ‘He’s making me gain weight,’ because every time I’d hear the news in the morning I’d have to eat pancakes. And the next day it would be even worse, and I’d have more pancakes and put some maple syrup and butter on it. [But now] he upsets my stomach, he upsets my mind, he upsets my whole physiology.”
As you likely figured out, Walls got its name from the one Trump wants to build between us and Mexico. It’s not like all Republicans are giving Babs the heaves. She says former President George H.W. Bush and his late wife, Barbara Bush, went to her last tour, and it sounds like they had a good time. She also says she gets along with Colin Powell, Bob Dole, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker, which sucks for them. They’ll never get the joy of having Yentl sing a song about them masked as a lover’s quarrel!